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Sunday Service Times
Why not join us and worship during the COV-19 lockdown?
Join us at 11.00 every Sunday in our telephone conference Service.
Just dial 0333 011 0616 and then, when prompted, put in the code, 4630680#.
Beware, the company which provides the conferencing facility is American. When you dial, you will be asked to put in the code number followed by the pound sign. They are speaking American. The pound sign means hash. Once you have done this, you will be asked to state your name and press the pound sign (hash key) again. This done, you will be there for the Service.
Welcome to the website of the Haverfordwest south group of Congregational and United Reformed Churches.
We are three churches situated in Haverfordwest, Freystrop and Hook who share a joint ministry.
Please enjoy the website and remember that if you would like to visit us in person, you can be sure of a warm reception.
This Newsletter covers September and October. We’ve not been able to worship in our own chapels since March. It has been a long time. So I wonder what the situation will be by the end of October. Will we be back in our usual places of worship or not? Who knows? God knows, that’s for sure. So we wait patiently for His time. However, we have never ceased worshipping together, albeit by telephone link, for which we are very grateful. We are hoping to return to Evening services in Tabernacle at the end of August (30th) and Bethel, Freystrop on 13th September. Of course, things change very quickly, so we will have to be ready for whatever the government decides we can do safely. It may be that we won’t be able to open on those dates. We’ll see what happens.
75 years ago WW11 ended and everyone was relieved and overjoyed to have their lives back to normal again. We’ve celebrated VE Day and VJ Day. The celebrations have helped us to remember those events and the people, many of them relatives who didn’t return or returned as changed charac- ters. Many younger people (not just youngsters) know little about that time and often have no interest in it. They feel it’s no longer relevant to today’s world. Of course, the past is very relevant to the present in order to know how to plan for the future, a future without wars. We need to learn from the events of the past. Jesus, our great Teacher said “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the Children of God”. He wants people to actively make peace and not merely live without war. So far the world has not been able to do that. For the 75 years that have elapsed most of us in the UK have not experienced war, but neither have we lived in the peace that Jesus wants for us. Would He prefer us to live in a world without nuclear armaments?
Would he prefer us to live in harmony with each other?
Would He prefer us to live together united by our common humanity? I believe the answer is a resounding “yes!” The greatest gift of gratitude we can give to those who did not return from war is to work tirelessly for world-wide peace and to teach it to our children by the way we speak to them and the way we treat them. There is a statement called “Parent’s Creed”, which is worth reading and practising not only for a parent but any adult who cares about children and the future of this world.
If a child lives with criticism she/he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility he/she learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule she/he learns to be rude (or shy). If a child lives with shame he/she learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance she/he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement he/she learns confidence. If a child lives with praise she/he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness he/she learns justice.
If a child lives with security she/he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval he/she learns to like him/herself. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship
she/he learns to find love in the world.
May I thank you all for continuing to participate in our
Sunday Worship by Conference Calls. It seems to work quite well. There are usually 50 to 60 listening in and it enables people who otherwise could not attend chapel anyway. So we think that we may keep it going, even when we’re back in our chapels, on a monthly basis possibly. Many thanks to the excellent readers and especially our dear Chris Gillham for his prayers and sermons.
God Bless you all, keep listening in.
From Rev. Steve
"I am the resurrection and the life. whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."
John 11 v 25
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